Does anyone besides me think this story is a tragic case of the law butting in where it’s neither needed or wanted? I’ve seen stories about this couple from time to time over the years, and every time I’ve failed to see what is so wrong with their relationship; or why, in a society of 50% divorce rates, the law would be so concerned with keeping apart two people that are clearly more determined than most to stay together.
Granted, she broke up an existing marriage with four children over her affair. And that’s not good at all. But the damage is done. And affairs happen all the time without the participants being imprisoned. The age issue is a red herring. Historically 12-year-old boys have run family businesses, acted as heads of households, married, fathered children, gone to war, and taken lifelong vows. Only recently have we invented the “teenager” and all the fictions that go with that designation.
Society’s prudish ideas about propriety have brought enough misery into this couple’s life. Let them have a chance at a happy ending.